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MS Am 2758

Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994. Erik Erikson additional papers, 1895-1986: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2758
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994.
Title: Erik Erikson additional papers,
Date(s): 1895-1986.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in German, with a few in English.
Abstract: Papers and photographs concerning psychoanalyst Erik Erikson's early life in Karlsruhe, Germany, assembled by Dr. Herfried Frank.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2011M-42. Gift of Dr. Herfried Frank; received: 2011 August 31.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Erik Erikson Additional papers, 1895-1986 (MS Am 2758). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Erik Erikson (1902-1994) was an American psychoanalyst, educator, and author. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany to Danish parents who separated before his birth, but he grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. He used his stepfather's last name, Homburger, until the late 1930s. In 1930 he married Joan Mowat Serson, a Canadian dancer and artist. In 1933 they immigrated from Vienna to the United States. He was best known for his work in child development and life-span studies, coining the phrase "identity crisis", and in the field that became known as psychohistory.


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Scope and Contents

This collection was assembled by the donor, Dr. Herfried Frank, in connection with the naming of a building that is part of a hospital in Karlsruhe, Germany, the Erik Homburger Erikson Haus.
Includes autograph manuscript (signed) letters from Erik Erikson to Herfried Frank, as well as letters to Frank from Peter Blos and Ellen R. Katz-Homburger. Also includes photographs and copies of documents concerning Erikson's childhood in Karlsruhe. Much of the material also includes autograph manuscript notes, in English, by Herfried Frank, explaining details of each item.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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